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The National Faith Advisory Board in Washington DC invited Rabbi Ovadia Tank to join an International Emergency Prayer Call for Israel, TODAY, Tuesday October 10th at 7:00 PM EST.

As we are all aware Israel is now officially at war after being heinously attacked by Hamas. Over 1,200 people have been killed because of these attacks, including 11 Americans, innocent mothers, fathers, children, concert go-ers and Israeli soldiers. Over 100 Israelis are being held hostage by Hamas, including women, children, elderly and even disabled people. Thus far, over 100 bodies were found in a small farming community after a hostage standoff.

I pray for Israel, for the soldiers and for those who are injured, families who have lost loved ones, and wisdom for leaders in the Middle East and globally. May G-d’s hand of protection over the entire nation of Israel and its people. We pray for strength, for peace and for G-d’s will to be done.

As the words of Genesis 12:3 so powerfully remind us, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Rabbi Ovadia Tank, WJC Chief Rabbi
Mr. Yehuda Baruch Beresnitzky, Public Relations
Ms. Francis Ladeira, International Relations

Rabbi Tank is actively involved in peace negotiations and relief operations. Rabbi Tank is the World Jewish Confederation Chief Rabbi and He is member of the White House National Religious Leaders , an Executive Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C.

The Rabbi's Speech

I am not here today as Chief Rabbi of the World Jewish Confederation. I am speaking to you as a Jew, as a brother, as a son of the Almighty G-d. We have all seen the crimes that Hamas committed against our brothers and sisters in Israel. I’m here to ask all of you to join the Chai Campaign. Thank you for your prayers and donations. May G‑d, Hashem HaKadosh Baruch Hu bless you all.

Rabbi Ovadia Tank, WJC Chief Rabbi






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This is the answer to your prayers. The chance to do an act of justice in this world and help Israel in this time of war.

They say that in the name of Allah they will kill all Jews and Christians in Israel and the world, meaning that they will kill everyone who does not convert to Islam.

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I will bless those who bless you.Gen.12:3

The Chai (Life) Campaign

Question: What is the significance of the number 18? What is its importance and what is the meaning of the word Chai? What lessons can it teach us today?

Answer: In Hebrew, each letter has a numerical value. The number 10 is the letter Yud. The number 8 is the letter Ches (Chet). Ches-Yud spells the word Chai, which means “Living” or “Life”.

The Hebrew Alphabet are the building blocks of the universe. Thus in some way, anything that equals 18 has a connection to Chai/Life. Both Aleph (1) and the number 8 mean infinity. The unipresence, uniscience and unipotence of the almighty Eternal G-d of Israel.

There are both positive and negative words that equal 18:

Chai – Life +18
Ohavi – My beloved = 18
Aivah – A type of hatred = 18
Cheit – Sin = 18

This teaches us that we must have “Kavanah” (good intention/meaning) when we pray, or give charity, offerings. So we can donate for Chai (life). Then we can transform hatred into love, and that through Teshuvah (Repentance) we can transform sin (which is deadly) into life. 

WJC has established an worldwide campaign to help to rebuild Israel after the attacks of the Hamas. Your donation is very omportant. Please donate with “Kavannah” so your donation of $18 is for “Chai’ (life).

In this prophetic moment, we are chosen to be the catalysts of transformation, the guardians of righteousness, and the champions of justice. With faith as our shield and purpose as our sword, we embark on this sacred journey. Stand up, be strong, for we are the instruments of G-d’s divine plan.

Your “donation” of Tzedaka (Act of Justice), in addition to being very important, brings hope and light to someone’s life and will certainly bring many Brachot (Blessings) to your life, as it is written: I will bless the one who blesses you. Genesis 12:3

Your Name will be on our World Jewish Arquives on our website database. As a honorable citizen of Israel.

The wise man seizes the opportunity to do mitzvot. The lazy person says — someday I’ll do it. (King Solomon).

G-d bless you!,
Rabbi Ovadia Tank,
WJC Chief Rabbi